Oneida, VVS split track showdown

When they got together on a gloomy Wednesday afternoon, the Oneida and Vernon Verona Sherrill track and field teams would both gain something.

On the boys end, the Indians came out on top, 85-56, while the girls Red Devils won its side of the meet 83-58 and tied New Hartford, 65-65, just as Oneida was beating the Spartans 75-65.

Pat McLaughlin won three times in the boys meet. He tore through the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.8 seconds, had a top long jump of 21 feet 10 inches and also prevailed in the triple jump, going 41 feet 10 inches.

To help out, Mike Rabbitt won the 400-meter dash (50.4 seconds) and cleared 6 feet in the hihg jump. Jeff Barres ran the 400-meter hurles in 1:00.3.

In field events, Rick Rossi cleared 10 feet 6 inches in the pole vault, while Dave Gillmeister prevailed in the shot put, tossing it 42 feet 3 1/2 inches, and Justin Ward threw the discus 125 feet 7 inches.

VVS saw Tyler Curtis sweep to wins in the 100-meter dash (11.4 seconds) and 200-meter dash (23.2 seconds) as he also helped the Red Devils prevail in the 4x100 (46.2 seconds) and 4x400 (3:45.8) relays.

In the girls meet, VVS had McKenna Novak prevail in the 400 hurdles (1:16.8), with Rachel Brown running the 100 high hurdles in 17 seconds flat.

Oneida's Jordan Armstrong prevailed twice, in the 100-meter dash (13.2 seconds) and long jump (15 feet 6 inches), and helped the Indians' 4x100 relay team win in 55.1 seconds. In field events, Taylor Youngkrans took the discus (94 feet 10 inches), with Rachel Kline claiming the shot put (31 feet 5 inches) and Vivian Thurston clearing 6 feet 6 inches in the pole vault.

Led again by Rabbitt, Oneida stormed past Clinton last Monday afternoon, beating the Warriors 90-51.

Rabbitt tore through the 100-meter dash in 11.3 seconds, earned a victory in the 200-meter dash in 23.2 seconds and won the long jump by going 21 feet 1 inch.

As for McLaughlin, he settled for a single win in the high jump, clearing 5 feet 10 inches, and helped the Indians' 4x100 relay team win in 45.2 seconds. Barres took the 110 high hurdles (17.2 seconds) and unleashed a winning triple jump of 40 feet. Gillmeister threw the shot put 44 feet 2 inches.

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